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    Congratulations Lady Zags!

    GU Continues Excellent NCAA APR Marks

    Gonzaga’s 996 topped the WCC and is 13 points above NCAA average of 983

    Complete NCAA Release

    INDIANAPOLIS — Gonzaga Athletics posted the highest Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the West Coast Conference with a score of 996, according to data released by the NCAA on this week.

    Gonzaga's multi-year average of 996 was nine points above the league average of 987 and 13 points above the NCAA average of 983. Of GU's 15 APR-eligible teams, nine posted perfect 1,000 scores in the APR's multi-year average, which is a combined mark of reported data from each of the past four completed academic years.

    "These achievements continue to be attained by hard work from a combination of our student-athletes and the team of support from faculty, staff and coaches," Director of Athletics Mike Roth said. "We strive for excellence in the classroom and our student-athletes continue to impress us with their dedication, while representing Gonzaga in all the right ways."

    Six Gonzaga programs have posted at least six straight years of perfect 1,000 scores, led by women's cross country and track with nine straight 1,000s. Women's tennis and men's cross country and track have had seven each, while men's golf and women's basketball have had six in a row. GU's volleyball and men's soccer programs each started a new streak this year with a perfect 1,000 as well.

    The men's soccer and men's track teams were in elite company in terms of the number of programs in those respective sports achieving a perfect score. Men's soccer was one of only 19 teams nationally to earn a 1,000, while men's track was one of only 21 teams nationally.

    Instituted in 2004, the Academic Progress Rate (APR) program is a 1,000-point scale representing an institution's retention and maintenance of their scholarship student-athletes' academic eligibility and citizenship. APR rates are calculated every semester and are attached not only to institutions, but also to individual head coaches. The NCAA currently uses an APR score of 930 as its cut-off for acceptable retention and graduation of student-athletes; schools falling under that standard may be subject to NCAA penalties ranging from scholarship limits and/or reductions to potential elimination of postseason play opportunities.

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    Thanks for posting TerpZag.

    It is really too easy to take for granted the work the GU student athletes put in to maintain this level of excellence.

    Congrats to all of the Zag Athletes for their excellence not only on the field (court or waterway) but also in the classroom.

    Ever wonder what happens if a athletic team does not maintain the minimum 4-year average?

    Here is a link to an ESPN article noting which 15 athletic programs did not meet the standard and what the penalties are.

    Link: https://www.espn.com/college-sports/...ns-apr-results

    ZagDad

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    Here is a Spokesman Review article on the same subject with a few different numbers and comparisons:

    Ten Gonzaga sports teams earn APR Public Recognition Awards
    Tue., May 12, 2020
    By Jim Meehan
    jimm@spokesman.com
    (208) 659-3791

    Ten Gonzaga teams earned Annual Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards, according to the NCAA.

    Gonzaga paced the West Coast Conference for the most teams honored, edging out Santa Clara (nine). The Zags were the only conference school to have men’s and women’s basketball honored. GU teams honored included men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track, men’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s tennis and volleyball.

    The Zags ranked fourth nationally, behind Columbia, Colgate and Northwestern, with 67% of their 15 teams receiving awards. Gonzaga has had at least 10 teams honored for seven consecutive years.

    “To have 10 teams score in the top 10 percent of their sport is outstanding, and it really reflects the work that our student-athletes, coaches, faculty and staff have put in,” athletic director Mike Roth said in a school release. “Our student-athletes continue to raise the bar, and we are so proud to be a part of helping them achieve their goals.”

    Teams earn Public Recognition Awards by finishing in the top 10 percent of their sport over a multiyear span.

    The WCC ranked fourth among Division I conferences with 33% of its teams being honored, trailing the Ivy League, Patriot League and Big East Conference.
    Article Link: https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...lic-recogniti/

    Well deserved kudos to the student athletes at Gonzaga.

    ZagDad

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